Yellow Fritillary

Genus Fritillaria
Lily Family (Liliaceae)

Two fritillary plants
    growing close together

Yellow Fritillary
(Fritillaria pudica)

This beautiful little plant blooms on our foothills in March and April. It is only 3 or 4 inches tall, and usually has just a single yellow blossom which bends downward near the top of the stalk. Because of this hanging head, it was named pudica, which means "bashful".

The bright yellow blossom has three petals, three petal-like sepals, and six stamens.

Close-up of a yellow fritillary blossom

Red Butte Canyon
Wasatch Mountain foothills
Salt Lake County, Utah


by Sandra Bray